Easter Blessings!

Easter memeI took this photo of some of the beautiful tulips growing here in the Skagit Valley and wanted to share this Easter meme I created with MDS. I also wanted to share that, for me, Easter is much more than Easter Bunnies, new clothes, Easter Eggs, and big family dinners…all great things. I truly believe that because He lives, I can face tomorrow! Have a Happy and Blessed Easter everyone. :o)

How Will You Spend It?

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Are you one of the thousands of taxpayers who is getting a refund? What are you planning on doing with that refund? Do you have a plan or will it just be put into the general funds and get spent bit by bit until it is gone?

I have a better suggestion! Why not invest a portion of the refund in yourself and start your own paper crafting business. For about $200 of that tax refund you can change your future. Here are some benefits of owning your own business when you join me and my team of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators:

  • My focus will be to provide you with the resources and training necessary to build a successful business.
  • Flexibility to work around family commitments since you decide how much you will pay yourself and how much time you will work your business.
  • Tax deductions by owning your own business
  • Wealth of expert training from me. The Stampin’ Up! demonstrator support team is another valuable resource.
  • Long-lasting relationships and friendships with customers and fellow demonstrators.
  • Recognition and ability to win awards for your efforts.
  • My unique, warm, and caring guidance and support.

Ready to invest in yourself? Contact me or click here for more information. I would love to have conversations with you about how I can help you achieve your goals through owning your own paper-crafting business.



A Birthday Card For Your Dog

Dog birthday card using Storytime Digital KitToday is National Pet Owner’s Day. As an owner of two mini-dachshunds, I know how very much a part of the family our pets become. Now that our children are grown and on their own, our two pups have become our fur babies and are so spoiled! Their birthday is coming up in May and I decided to create this birthday card for them. This hybrid card was created with the dog frame from the Storytime Ensemble (127195) and created the greeting in a text frame. I printed it out on Whisper White card stock, trimmed it down to size, and mounted it on Baked Brown Sugar card stock. The heart is a dog biscuit I had on hand and glued to the card. This Storytime Ensemble is a darling digital download. Check it out! Just click on the image for more views and to order it.

Do you have pets in your home? Share who they are in a comment below!

Washi Wednesday – Retro Fresh

Retro Fresh This and That Designer Washi Tape Thank You cardWell I started this post when it was Wednesday but life got in the way so now it is Thursday. I really wanted to share this post with you so here goes.

I have another Washi tape card for you! I am fairly new to the Washi tape scene and didn’t know at first what to do with it other than to use it in place of scotch tape to slap photos into a Smash book. After a bit of research and browsing Pinterest and Google, I have learned there are an ever-growing amount of ways to use it. I shared in this previous post a way to use the tape to make a basket weave border on a card. This time I am sharing a Washi tape punched shape technique.

Apply strips of washi tape on a scrap piece of card stock that is a little larger than your punch. Then punch out your shape. I used a variety of sizes of scallop circle punches and the Retro Fresh This and That Designer Washi Tape (133001). The greeting is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set (wood – 128748, clear – 127802).

Repositionable washi tape comes in all kinds of widths, colors, and designs. Stampin’ Up! has the below selections for your enjoyment. Order one or two of the designs by clicking on the photos. Then share your creations by emailing a picture of your projects to me. I’ll share them on my blog.

Terrific Tuesday – Hello Spring

Hello Spring stamp brush setHello Spring (138039) is one of the new digital downloads for MDS that has been released today, Terrific Tuesday. Don’t you just love this pansy? I changed the color of the stamp from Basic Black to Concord Crush and then used the Freeform brush to add a paint layer of Crushed Curry. I see this color combination often in pansies and it always catches my eye. I added a few Garden Green leaves from the Bright Blessings stamp brush set (127404). The grosgrain ribbon has been recolored with Concord Crush.

You know me…I like to have some texture to my backgrounds so I used the wrinkled pattern 4 of the Downtown Grunge Designer Series Paper (part of the Downtown Grunge Photobook Template - 126056). I recolored it with Wisteria Wonder. You can’t recolor designer series paper when it is added as the background nor when you fill a punch with it. To get the recoloring option, you have to add the designer series paper as a page layer. Don’t ask me why. It seems to me that you should be able to recolor it any way you add it but MDS doesn’t seem to work that way. Maybe in the future it will. Check out these great new downloads for MDS and then click on them to order the ones you want.

Remember that Tuesdays are terrific also because we get new Weekly Deals. Here are this week’s deals. Snap up these great deals by clicking on the links to order them.

MDS Monday – Fabulous Phrases

The challenge for today’s MDS Monday is to choose a designer series paper for your card and then color all the rest of the elements on the card using the color picker to choose colors in the designer series paper. We are also to use a diagonal feature. Here is the sketch:

MDSM62 SketchAnd here is my version:

Diagonal digital birthday card using the Fabulous Phrases downloadI love the font in the Fabulous Phrases stamp brush set! I guess so much that I used the word ‘happy’ over and over again…LOL! I really, really want the recipient of this card to have the happiest birthday ever! :o)

Using the color picker tool to color elements on my projects is a technique I use all the time. I particularly like to use it to pick up colors in a photo I am using but also use it often as in this case to coordinate the colors with the designer series paper. I had originally created this card with the gold sequins that are the download. When I read the challenge again and saw that we were to use the color picker for all the elements of the card, I went back and re-colored the sequins with one of the colors in the orange butterflies. I was really surprised how beautiful the sequins turned out. They almost look like bronze or copper. Then I had to go back and change to color of the bow to go with the sequins. The Tempting Turquoise I had used for ‘birthday’ was not from the color picker either so I picked it’s color from the re-colored sequins. After all the adjustments I made from the original card, I have a card that far exceeds what I had originally planned!

Does that ever happen to you? Do you have to make adjustments like adding a layer, an embellishment, or a label to cover a goof? Or do you have to change your colors out because you don’t have enough ribbon to match what you had planned and then the end result is so much better than your original idea? Happens to me all the time! Sometimes the project takes on a life of itself.

Below are the supplies I used in this project. Click on the links to order them for yourself. Remember that most of the elements have been recolored.

Terrific Tuesday – Throughout the Years

Throughout the Years Photobook Template pg 2 Throughout the Years Photobook Template pg 3






It’s Terrific Tuesday with new MDS digital downloads and new Weekly Deals for us. Before I share them with you, I want to share this first 2-page spread of Ron and my Throughout the Years 8″ x 8″ book I am creating for our 50th wedding anniversary celebration the end of July. Two weeks ago I shared a card with you that I had created using this photobook template. You can see the card here and here are pages 2 and 3 of the photobook. The only changes I made to the designer pages were to change the colors to my wedding colors and to add journaling and a couple extra photos to pg 3.

Using MDS to create scrapbooks is so much faster and cleaner than traditional scrapbooking! I can change colors without wasting any paper, change the size of photos without destroying any photos, and….there is no clean-up afterwards! Triple score!!! Give it a try for yourself. I am here to help you learn and discover the pleasure of digital scrapbooking. Click on one of the links for MDS below to get started!

MDS software digital download (130646), MDS software disc (130647), or 30-day Free Trial of MDS (130910), Throughout the Years Photobook Template (137902)

Now on to the new Weekly Deals. Here they are. Click on the links to order them.

MDS Monday Sketch 61- Using Rounded Photo Corners

Using rounded corners on photoDon’t those two smiling faces warm your heart? They are two of our great-granddaughters and I had to use their photos on this scrapbook page for the MDSM61 sketch challenge. We were to round the corners of the photos in this challenge. Did you know that you can round them with just a click of your mouse? Right click on the photo which brings up a menu with several options, one of which is rounded corners. When you click on that, another screen comes up allowing you to deselect any corners you don’t want rounded. How cool is that?! Then click OK and you are done!

I wanted the title to resemble the colors in the dandelions so I used the color picker to choose one of the colors in the dandelions for the text. Then I changed the drop shadow to Old Olive and increased the opacity to 100% to get the soft green shadow.

I didn’t wander too far from the sketch. Well….maybe!

MDS Monday Sketch 61 - using rounded corners Dandelions are one of the first flowers??? to bloom in SE Alaska and are a sure sign that spring has arrived. What flowers signify spring to you? Create a scrapbook page or card with your answer and I’ll share it here on my blog.

MDS software digital download (130646), MDS software disc (130647), or 30-day Free Trial of MDS (130910)Background
Card Stock/Soft Sky
Basics/1.25 Square Punch,  Filled with: Be Yourself May Kit (133426) – Be Yourself Designer Series Paper – paper 4
Basics/1.25 Square Punch,  Filled with: Photo of dandelions

Wetlands Masculine Birthday Card

Wetlands Masculine Birthday CardI took time today to create a card for a couple of challenges on a demo group I belong to, SUDSOL. I just recently received the Wetlands stamp set (126695-w, 126697-c) and this is the first time I have used it. It is great for masculine cards! The greeting is from a hostess set Express Yourself . I love the font of this set! I used the Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (127821)for some texture on the card front. To order the supplies you need to create this card yourself, either click on the links or visit my online store to place your order. Contact me if I can be of any help to you with your stamping needs or questions.


Confused by Stamping Terms?

Photo of Stamping OptionsDo you get confused by all the various terms used in the stamping world? Each hobby, avocation and indeed each discipline in the workplace has it’s own language. Without knowing what various terms mean, a person has no clue what is being said. I am going to write a series of posts on stamping terms beginning with the terms in the photo above.

Each of these terms expresses a type of interaction between a demonstrator and the customers. By giving the definitions below, I hope you will be better able to choose which stamping events you want to participate in.

  • Party or workshop – These two terms are used interchangeably. With either one, there is a hostess who invites friends over to their home or to the demonstrator’s home for a time of stamping with the intention that the friends will place orders of stamping products so the hostess will earn free product. There is no charge to come. It is a great time to get together for fun and stamping.
  • Class – This is a class. The demonstrator charges a prepaid fee to attend the class and teaches a technique, how to make a specific product, or how to use a specific stamp or tool. It is not necessary to place an order although orders are always welcome.
  • Private class – A private class is where the demonstrator comes to your home and teaches a class for you and a few of your friends. There is a class fee and orders are not expected.
  • Club – This a group of 6 – 10 stampers who agree to spend a specific minimum amount each month so that each club member has a turn at being the hostess for a month. Usually the demonstrator gives a demonstration and the members do some stamping at the monthly meeting.
  • Stamp-a-Stack – The demonstrator sets up a series of tables with a specific project at each table. There is a fee for attending and the stamper leaves the event with a specific number of cards they have stamped. Usually there are up to five different designs and the customer stamps multiples of each design by rotating from one table to another.
  • Open House – A demonstrator holds an open house at their home or a public location where customers are invited to come see new products, samples of cards made, stamp a small project and perhaps enter for door prizes. There is no fee to attend and orders are accepted but not required.
  • Crop – A crop is specifically for scrapbooking. The demonstrator holds the crop in their home or at a public location. The scrapbookers bring their own supplies and photos. Everyone works on their own projects but enjoy snacks, perhaps share a meal, and enjoy each others company. Often short classes, door prizes and other fun activities are offered with the crop.

I hope this clears up some confusion for you when you look at my class list and events on my calendar. I rarely do Stamp-a-stacks but am willing to give it a try if some of you are interested in it. Contact me if you want to host a workshop/party or if there is a specific technique or project you would like me to teach.